Dec 9, 2013 — When Nelson Mandela was in prison, the fight over imposing sanctions on South Africa was politically divisive. But it also produced a kind of unity in the end.
Dec 8, 2013 — Jive-talking, jazz-loving "hep cats" from the 1930s and 1940s are the great-grandparents of today's hipsters. The interest of white fans in black music helped fill Harlem's nightclubs and prompted derision. Hipsters were criticized for being the equivalent of a "pretentious poet laureate."
Dec 3, 2013 — People often question why some pronounce the word "ask" as "ax." We axed several linguists, and it turns out that "ax" has long been an accepted form of the word, used by English speakers for more than a thousand years.
Dec 2, 2013 — If the government's health insurance website is truly up and running and people feel like they are getting a good deal, would that turn around President Obama's negative polling numbers? And how did an administration that is so tech-savvy and so invested in this health care law allow it to become the biggest problem the president and the Democratic party has had to deal with recently?
Nov 25, 2013 — The question of categorizing art by ethnicity or gender is at the center of a very public debate surrounding a new show at the Smithsonian called "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art."
Nov 19, 2013 — The politically oriented nonprofit co-founded by Karl Rove reports it received 84 percent of its donations last year from gifts of $1 million or more.
Nov 18, 2013 — This week, we'll be hearing about presidential legacies — both involving anniversaries. On Tuesday, 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln gave the speech he is most known for — honoring the soldiers who fought at Gettysburg. Also this week, on Friday, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.
Nov 17, 2013 — Iran's leaders are active on Facebook and Twitter, and frequently reach out in English via social media. Both services remain officially banned in Iran. But journalist Robin Wright, an expert on Iran, calls their online overtures "the most ambitious public diplomacy campaign since Iran's 1979 revolution."
Nov 15, 2013 — The 39 Democratic "yes" votes on a House bill that party leaders say would undercut the president's health care law come from districts where Obama won by an average of 6 points in the 2012 election. The 153 Democrats who voted "no" come from districts where the president won by an average of 38 points.
Nov 15, 2013 — Tough parents and tough kids often struggle to express love without, well, saying it aloud. Here are two stories about trying to break emotional barriers.